Think famous quotes from Oprah or Steve Jobs or Dale Carnegie. Say I'm compiling a book of quotes to sell, or even emailing them out each day for a fee or something like that. Can I use other people's motivational/inspirational quotes (with or without attributing it to them) legally?... Read more »
answered on May 24, 2023
Using motivational/inspirational quotes from famous individuals in a book or for profit can potentially raise copyright concerns. While short phrases or expressions may not be protected by copyright, using substantial portions of copyrighted works or attributing quotes without permission can... Read more »
answered on Jan 24, 2023
One good way to research this is to use patents.google.com, type in various relevant keywords, and see what you find. For example, try: https://patents.google.com/?q=helmet+baseball+cap&oq=helmet+in+baseball+cap and various other variations.
I am writing a book about real events that happened to me/family. I stored the documents for my book in a storage facility. The owners signed an NDA to be able to read my book so far. I moved out of state and they sold my property for non-payment. Can I sue them for breaching the NDA by disclosing... Read more »
answered on Feb 11, 2023
No. Your non-payment constitutes a prior material breach that authorized them to sell your stuff and excuses their breach of the NDA.
I need help from someone who knows book publishing/copyright law well. I thought I was good, but I should have made sure...I've put together a book. It's a list of over 100 activities that can be used for primary singing time. I gathered ideas from all over (mainly online in a public fb... Read more »
answered on Mar 25, 2022
Ideas are not owned, nor are they subject of copyright, which protects only "works of expression."
Your compilation is itself a work of expression (namely, yours) and you own the copyright in that work.
My art wouldnt be a copy and paste situation. For example, Its more or less a 3d sock puppet that looks like superman.
answered on Jan 19, 2022
Generally speaking, you need to be careful when tying to use copyrighted pictures, images, characters, or real living third party persons in your NFT's. I know this is a new area of technology, but traditional principles of copyright law still exist. Unless you are making a COLLAGE, for... Read more »
answered on Oct 27, 2021
Depends on what the sock itself does.
it will depend on whether there is any protection for the design or use of the sock.
Consult with an attorney.
answered on Jul 3, 2021
Check google patents.
If the patent has not published or granted it won't be found.
Consult with an attorney.
I understand there are many products that use saliva based delivery (pouch) methods. Are all of these required to gain permission or establish patents to market and sell these types of products?
answered on Jun 2, 2021
consult with an attorney
you would need to look and see if there are any patents associated with that in the jurisdiction where you plan to make, sell or import
answered on Apr 14, 2020
It depends on what you are looking to do.
In essence, you should not have any issues unless you are violating a law or ordinance
Not enough information to make an assessment
consult with an attorney and schedule an appointment
I have been wanting to propogate succulents for the experiment and fun of it. I also hoped to sell any babies that might be successful for some extra money. However while I did some research I learned that their where certain patent laws that made it illegal for some succulents. What succulents am... Read more »
answered on Aug 13, 2019
This is a very nuanced area of law. I do not even dabble in this area. I thought I could provide some self-help resources though.
If you are wondering whether a type of plant has been patented, you will need to search the patent databases for whether the patent has been registered.... Read more »
I have been harassed by a troll website for the past few years and they continue to post my copyrighted works, namely: a book and a song. A few days ago, I sent the owner of the site a DMCA take down notice with all of the requirements for take down. I was informed by others that my copyrighted... Read more »
answered on Apr 24, 2019
While it's best to provide a specific URL for avoiding arguments about sufficiency of a DMCA notice, you are correct, there is some leeway that a copyright owner has in providing a notice. However, if you are unable to identify the precise location, that itself is indicative that the website... Read more »
I don't own "EFY" but have been selling music and mp3's that I do own based on their summer camp. I had a verbal "okay" from them to run it the past few years, and they have often checked in to see how things were going. Now they are deciding to pull everything close... Read more »
answered on Jan 24, 2019
You may still be able to register the trademark for use In Class 41 (Entertainment Services) with your scope of services limited to something like music production/distribution; but it really depends on the Summer Camps's mark - i..e how are they using it? What class are they registered in?... Read more »
I am the only person in my business and I really want to keep it that way. If possible. I am using ghostwriters to create the books. I handle everything else.
answered on Jan 4, 2019
I am sorry, I do not understand your question. Please explain more.
Pantent #6093224 inventer Gary T Jones
answered on Nov 14, 2018
It is not clear what your question is (maybe you submitted the form before typing the full question?). The USPTO shows "Gary T. Jones" as the first named inventor on U.S. patent no. 6,093,224. The abstract for that patent does not include any names.
if a sound, like the one used for an ambulance is made from scratch, to be sold as a sound effect, but is not the exact same, would this infringe on copyrights if such a sound were copyrighted? and if it weren't copyrighted could this in anyway break the law?
answered on May 10, 2018
I do not see a problem with respect to patents for having an ambulance sound. While there are patents with respect to sirens, most deal with detecting a siren or other sophisticated interactions. https://patents.google.com/?q=siren&oq=siren
Chances are that your process to create a... Read more »
Our communication, agreement, and design-files, were all exchanged via e-mail. Also I have included "Copyright 2018 name" in my initial file-proposals. Lastly, I am not located in the U.S.
What can I do to claim my fees?
answered on Apr 23, 2018
If you have not been paid for your work under a valid contract, you should contact an attorney in the US about collecting what is owed to you.
They have done this with several artists and say that they MAY change the names on the copyright as a "courtesy" to me. They are crooks and I am afraid they are taking advantage of several people.
answered on Jul 12, 2017
What does your contract say?
If your contract assigned the copyright interest in your work to your publisher, then your publisher is absolutely permitted to register works created by you. If your contract isn't explicit about assigning ownership of copyright (but it should be), then... Read more »
answered on Mar 31, 2017
The appropriate entity to contact depends on the specific license required and where in the world you want to sell products. However, a good starting point would be to contact Warner Bros. Consumer Products, which seems to hold the license rights to Harry Potter. It licenses the rights to names,... Read more »
answered on Jan 4, 2017
I am sorry to hear about your father's passing.
If your father had rights to the patent (i.e., he did not assign it to his employer, or he has not otherwise sold it or licensed it), then you should treat the patent the same as any other personal property.
I'm using vintage pictures of cards from the early 1900's which are in the public domain. I'm wondering if their names are also safe to use? Thank you!
answered on Nov 12, 2016
You are copying a card so normally that would be fine; however I'm not a copywrite /image specialist and you should contact one of them for a definitive answer.
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